Big East admits mistake on call in SU game
Sun, 25 Sep 2011 02:50:06 GMT —
The Big East is admitting they made a mistake in Syracuse 33-30 overtime win over Toledo on Saturday. The extra point following an Alec Lemon touchdown was deemed good, even though replays clearly showed that it was short. The officials reviewed the call at the time, but still rewarded Syracuse the extra point. With the botched call, Toledo's field goal as regulation time expired could have been for the outright win, but instead it was to tie the game and sent it to overtime.
Big East coordinator of officials Terry McAulay has released a statement indicating that the replay officials made the wrong call on the play.
"After studying the videos of the Syracuse extra point attempt at 2:07 of the fourth quarter, we have concluded that the ruling on the field that the kick passed between the uprights was incorrect, and that the replay official made an error in failing to reverse that ruling. In reviewing the video, we have determined that the angle from behind the kicking team shows conclusively that the ball passes outside the right upright. Our review of the process determined that the replay official mistakenly focused his attention on the sideline angle, which proved to be distorted. We are confident that our officiating staff will learn from this situation in order to prevent a reoccurrence."